Season-Ticket Holders Fight for Dodger Bankruptcy Representation

The Los Angeles Dodgers season-ticket holders are continuing their fight to have a say in the team's bankruptcy hearing.

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The group filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking the court's appointment of an official committee, said Robbin L. Itkin, an attorney representing the ticket holders.

"There should be an official committee of season ticket holders who can represent the interests of the approximately 17,000 season ticket holders in the bankruptcy cases," said Itkin.

This is the second attempt at representation in the case. The last request, which the Dodgers "vehemently opposed" said Itkin, was denied by a U.S. Trustee on Sept. 14.

The ticket holders need to be represented, Itkin argues, because the bankruptcy process only cares about paying creditors and not necessarily protecting the integrity of the team and the fan experience.

The quality of concessions, safety, security and ticket values are just a few elements that may get overlooked as creditors are paid off, Itkin said.

"These are not things the players control -- this is management," Itkin said.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection on June 27, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal with Fox Sports that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled franchise afloat and meet payroll.

A decision on the season-ticket holder's motion (PDF) is expected at a hearing Oct. 25, Itkin said.

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